John Betmanis wrote:- In the mid-fifties, British club cycling fell into three groups; touring(CT C), time trialing (RTTC) and those renegade road racers (BLRC). Most clubs were affiliated with both the RTTC (Road Time Trials Council) and the CTC (Cyclists Touring Club).
John got all the facts correct but left out one important cycling group The National Cyclist Union who controlled the track racing side of the sport. They the, NCU "The Union" were in dispute at the time with the BLRC "The League" by them banning any form of "Mass Start"racing on the public highway. This was to continue until the demise of the NCU controlling body to the present organisation of today who made it possible to carry out organised road racing on the open road for all times.
Who can forget the Sunday club run peddling with their single fix/hub gears meeting the brightly clad , derailleur/double chain wheel geared mob shouting "Up the League" followed by the response "Up the Union".